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Saudi Arabia and the U.S.: Some Perspective

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Join us for a discussion with former U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia James B. Smith—as he shares his thoughts on key challenges for U.S.-Saudi relations, now and on the horizon. What do Saudi Arabia-Iran tensions mean for stability? ISIS, safe passage for pilgrims to Mecca, the Iran Nuclear Deal, proxy war in Yemen—how should the U.S. navigate it's role with all these moving parts? How will the 2016 elections figure in the next steps for S-Saudi Relations? A rare opportunity for face-to-face conversation with a longtime expert in the geopolitics of the region.

Ambassador Smith was U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia from 2009 to 2013 and now is the President of C&M International, an international policy consulting firm. Smith works closely with Crowell & Moring's Middle East & North Africa practice, which represents clients in their business expansion strategies in the region. He is a former U.S. Air Force brigadier general and F-15 fighter pilot who served in Operation Desert Storm. Ambassador Smith is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, the Naval War College, and the National War College, where he served as a professor of national security strategy. As Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, he helped to strengthen U.S.-Saudi business relations across all sectors, which resulted in nearly 400 U.S. companies exporting to the Kingdom for the first time and a doubling of non-defense U.S. exports to the Kingdom during his term.

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